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Poster: cosmico Date: Dec 18, 2013 3:36am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More items which need moving (and some inane rambling by me)

Wow! This will go down in Archive history as one of your most entertaining posts ever, so PLEASE don't edit it, Matt, unless it's to add more cool/fun stuff!

Four Star Playhouse had a lot of good shows, each one was like a mini-movie, and I usually saw them in syndication under the series title "Star Performance".

I agree that 126 was a good film format and I enjoyed it, and I have boxes of color slides, prints, and negatives to prove it. However 110, while fun and compact, rarely if ever took decent photos, regardless of the type of film used. I believe there was even 110 color slide film for a time, and that was awful, again, depending on the film stock used.

I'd love to see the return of *affordable* Super 8 movie film and developing, along with *affordable* cameras and projectors, but that's a pipe dream. Digital "filmmaking" is a bore.

Sci-Fi movies and TV shows ceased to be interesting/entertaining/imaginative in the mid-1980s, IMHO. Fortunately, most of my favories are available online or on DVD.

Back in the day, Sci-Fi and Comic Book conventions charged only $2-3 a day to get in the door, and the celebrities *never* charged for photos, their autographs, or for photo ops.

Other things I miss:

Milkshake Candy Bars.

Crystal Pepsi.

Burger Chef.




My Atari 2600.


Merry Christmas!

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Dec 18, 2013 10:10pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More items which need moving (and some inane rambling by me)

Maybe if we're lucky, some alien races have classic TV shows of their own.

I once had a lengthy daydream, which included my idea of a "early television" program by an alien race of equal intelligence to humans, though of somewhat different appearance. I imagined some of the "early television" shows on their planet were still being repeated every few years even though they were hundreds of years old and had very low-fi picture quality.

If there is indeed intelligent life in the galaxy, I do hope they have films and TV shows we can check out.

Speaking of 110 colour slide film, I used some a few days ago to take photos of an extension being built on the house I live in. I used a Minolta SLR (the one which looks like a standard 35mm SLR but smaller) to take the photos. I've used that particular brand of 110 colour slide film before, which gives a very grainy, very colourful look. Today I took more photos of the extension being built, but this time using standard 35mm film and a standard 35mm SLR from the late-1990s.

BTW, which complete series of TV shows do you have on DVD/Blu-ray? This is my list (with 95 different shows ranging from 1949 to 2009)
I expect "Guest from the Future" (1985) will appear on the list by the end of the year. I watched the first episode a few days ago. I enjoyed the episode, but as each episode is 63 minutes and sub-titled it will take me a while to get through it. I decided to get the series on DVD because I want to check out classic TV shows from non-English speaking countries.

Today a camera came in the mail. It's a Kodak "colorburst" camera. Totally useless but cool. I was the only person who bid on it on eBay. No surprise considering its useless.

I intend to upload more "My Hero" next year, when the DVD comes in the mail. The show is not among my favourites, but some people seem to like it.

Some months ago I was surprised while watching a 1979 episode of "Turtle's Progress" (a UK drama-comedy-crime show) to see the villain using a Pong game. Meanwhile, earlier in the year (last year?) I watched an episode of late-1970s UK sitcom "George and Mildred" in which the son of their neighbours was using a pong game.

"George and Mildred" was later remade for the US market as the reportedly much inferior "The Ropers", which was much less successful.

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Poster: cosmico Date: Dec 19, 2013 8:01pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More items which need moving (and some inane rambling by me)

I used to fantasize as a kid that 1963 Outer Limits show was actually filmed by aliens. i don't have a list handy of DVds but am zonked now due to back pain and meds. will reply more later. Kodak instant colorburst cameras sucked btw. polaroid sued and so they had to quit making film for them or something like that. Kodak offered rebates or buy backs I think. it was a real mess. only thing worse was Polaroid Super 8 self-developing movie cameras. horrible image and color quality but i'm sure they'd be popular today with people making "art" (haha) films.

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Dec 20, 2013 2:20am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: More items which need moving (and some inane rambling by me)

From what I've heard, after the lawsuit, people who bought Kodak instant cameras could send it in and get a Kodak disc camera as a replacement, itself an unsuccessful format.

The problem with "Polarvision" (Polaroid home movies) was the slow film speed plus VCRs were introduced I think around the same time. However, some aspects of the technology were later salvaged for a more successful Polaroid project during the 1980s (I forget which one).

There's actually an excellent late-1970s short film which DID use Polarvision, created by Ray and Charles Eames (I think, they were a husband and wife team), which shows that the potential was there, and which was called "Lucia Chase Vignette". However, Eames were professionals at film-making, and additionally I read that the version of Polarvision used was different to what actually came to market, but I might be mistaken on this. Nevertheless, several other short films used the system. Clearly the idea had potential but the finished product wasn't up to standard.